5.29.2007

Diddling with Edgar Allan Poe

From "Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences," (a mock scientific treatise) by Edgar Allan Poe:

A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny....Diddling, rightly considered, is a compound, of which the ingredients are minuteness, interest, perseverance, ingenuity, audacity, nonchalance, originality, impertinence, and grin.


Source: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

Now, go forth and diddle.

3 comments:

Dark Orpheus said...

Hi LK, sorry for not mentioning it to you earlier. In case you have not picked up the May/June issue of Utne magazine - this is the Tessa Gallagher essay (it was originally published in the "Sun" - so you might have read it before) on Raymond Carver's journey to sobriety, his little joys, his poetry. It's a personal piece, but I found it beautiful.

It should still be available online:
http://www.utne.com/issues/2007_141/features/12561-1.html

LK said...

Thanks for the link, Dark Orpheus!

Carl V. said...

Okay then, I'll go forth!!! ;)